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“Good food and good service”
Review of Malabar House

Malabar House
Ranked #62 of 1,017 Restaurants in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Good food, although some of the menu items seem to be a little odd: beef marinated in coffee makes you feel eating the beef with old coffedrab! Great atmosfere, goof service

Thank carolineenwillem
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Had Been here for Lunch on 09/11/2012 & ordered French Fries, Veg & Cheese Grilled S/W and Veg Kathi Roll. The Veg & Cheese Grilled S/W was not grilled at all !! The non-availability of grilled items was not informed to us too.. Water was served upon asking that too after 15 Minutes!!

Food was served after 40 - 45 Minutes, which ideally should have been served within 15 Minutes as we only ordered Fast Food Items..

When we asked for Tomato Ketchup, we were being educated that it is served along with French Fries !! Being a Hotelier myself, that element came as a shock to me..

After asking again & again, we finally got the Tomato Ketchup..

Overall: We will NEVER recommend this place for food to anyone !!
Glad we did not stay here...

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Thank yez2030
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

When planning our week in Kerala, we glossed over where to stay in Kochin as we only had a night and anywhere functional seemed to be sufficient. We soon changed our minds when we stumbled across this place however, having decided to treat ourselves to wine after a long day of sightseeing. The the very reasonable wine tasting option in the wine bar was a great treat and helped to change our minds about Indian wine, having had a previously very dodgy experience! The staff were really helpful in their suggestions and kept us topped up with nuts throughout. We only wished we could have stayed on for dinner and indeed, overnight, so relaxing and welcoming was the atmosphere.

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We only ate at the Malabar House. My husband and I went to Malabar house for dinner. The food itself was good, however the service needs to be a bit more professional. We had to chase up the staff a couple of times and our appetizer arrived before the drinks! That said, we did enjoy the food and ambience. I would go back for a meal next time i am in Cochin.

1  Thank RadParis
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spent the last night of our Kochi stay dining at Malabar house, and did not stay at the hotel. The courtyard is very atmospheric and the live music at the right level to blend into the background. The smaller enclosed part of the restaurant that we dined in was really pleasant, including some nice touches such as a teak ceiling section to add character to the simple red/white walls. The service was particularly attentive. The Maitre d' has perhaps been to an American school, just considering how we were greeted, how the menu was explained to us, how bread was offered etc.

I suppose I didn't really get the fuss about the food. It was good, and well presented, that's true. However forcing South Indian food into a Western style has taken away a lot of the flavour. The fisherman's choice I ate had three sauces that all felt bland - compared to the heat and depth you get from the home cooking on a house boat, or that you can make yourself at Leelu's Cook and Eat course. I had chocolate samosas for desert: soft pastry parcels with Indian chocolate filling that were more a novelty than a delight. Chocolate momos up at Bon Appetit in Leh are still by far the more successful idea. The best course was the starter, where the fresh tuna tartare was really delicious - firm, cool and with a sesame nuttiness to round out the flavour: but virtually nothing South Indian about it. Mirabar House showcases Indian wines and currently only serves only them. The Sula vineyards range is still probably the better choice and knock out ok bottles: but wine lovers from abroad might get a bit sniffy about it. Ultimately, India's vineyards have only been going a few decades though, so expectations should be set appropriately.

All in all for three people, three courses, and two bottles of wine it set us back 8400 rupees. Vegetarians will be disappointed with only a couple of mains options (one of them pasta). OK but not great, and for the price the food is not the best value if you're looking for good South Indian.

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Thank TobyItinerant
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